Permed Out Showcase 3, Cabooze, 12/22/12
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen
Permed Out Showcase 3
With Audio Perm, Greg Grease and Mike the Martyr
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen
Unfuh Qwittable introduced a song focusing on the odd phenomenon of Waka Flocka Flame's white listener base, set to a beat strikingly similar to Waka's signature sound, with a diatribe about white privilege that hopefully struck home with the audience. The track itself was one of the strongest and most infectious of the whole set, which drove the point even further by displaying rap music's power in disguising a message within an impossible-to-deny beat. It reminded me of something Chris Rock said about messages in rap music: "People don't have a problem with conscious rap; they have a problem with conscious beats."
Audio Perm are a premiere example of that statement. The beats are contemporary, non-maudlin bangers that play to the trap-minded crowd while still conveying conscious themes in the lyrics. They're proving that music can be thought-provoking and twerk-provoking at the same damn time.
Photos by Anna Gulbrandsen
Big Dylan, who had played host most of the night, came down the stairs rapping from a level up to begin his set, which pulled from his recently-dropped "From the Southside With Love". He continued the political themes, dropping some knowledge on recent mass shootings and curbing homophobic language. Meanwhile, Cory Grindberg threw turnips into the audience and told everyone to "Turn Up". Sure. After a brief stint with Freez and Big Dylan, Bobby Raps came out to announce it was his birthday and to play a set of mostly new material with his recent collaborator Muja Messiah (!). The two are putting out an album together very soon, and from the material they performed it stands to be a pretty interesting project.
Bobby basically busted his voice through the end of the night, and yet never missed a beat; he raps remarkably hard on stage for someone whose fast raps tend to be more laid-back when recorded. He invited people on stage, and a few entirely wasted blonde girls began to smoke blunts and dance poorly as he continued the set. Despite his self-indulgent collaboration with Lydia Hoglund of Bomba de Luz where he crooned and played piano, the set remained one of the liveliest. The long-delayed debut of the "Spark One" video came afterwards, which served as a convenient excuse to smoke a lot onstage, after which Audio Perm rappers began to do various songs from all over their catalog to close out the night, followed by a DJ set from the producers themselves.
The whole night was one big surge of energy. The individual sets highlighted the quality of the songs on their own, but the end of the set proved they've got an explosive energy that is difficult to find anywhere else.
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